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Anwar Al-Ansi, a Yemeni journalist and reporter, who worked for BBC Arabic for many years, revealed unannounced scenes of the idea of building the Renaissance Dam, since 1997, and said: “Years after I left government work in Yemen, in 1997 I met Meles Zenawi, The former Ethiopian prime minister on several times and occasions, and I asked him about the reason for his strained relationship with Egypt.
During “Zenawi” meeting with the Yemeni journalist, the first said that he is considering solving the problem of the environmental imbalance between the rainy, rich northwestern region in his country and the poor desertified “Ogaden” region in its eastern Somali south, according to the BBC’s “Al-Ansi” article.
He added that “the torrential rains in the mountainous northwest of the country are damaging most of the crops of the simple farmers, and they do not benefit from its high levels, while the thirsty Ogaden sands did not fall on a single drop of rain.” And he asked: “How can Ethiopia, which produces 85% of the water of the Nile River,” Do not benefit from more than 1% of the available benefits? ”
“Go to the city of Bahr Dar, stand on Lake Tana, and then explain to me how an Ethiopian leader can see a great river like the Nile, every season, taking an intimate part of his country’s spirit out of water, dirt and silt without benefiting from a single drop,” said Zenawi.
In his article entitled “The Renaissance Dam: The Great Legend of Zenawi,” “Al-Ansi” indicated that the meeting was not fully broadcast, but the message reached the late President, Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, who sent an immediate invitation to Zenawi to meet him in Sharm El-Sheikh.
He continued: “I learned after that from identical sources that a long discussion took place and a revelation took place between the two men, and when I was accompanied by the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Egypt, President Mubarak nodded to me among my colleagues accompanying Saleh. Then he quietly approached me, pulled my hand, and asked me, ‘How did you know how it reached For this man? People are mysterious states), so I answered him with (We are not trying to understand our brothers in Africa, we must re-evaluate our relationship with this continent), then he left me and went when he did not like my answer even though he looked into my eyes with interest. ”
“Ali Abdullah Saleh Ali sought at that time to conclude a (historic) deal between Egypt and Ethiopia on benefiting from the waters of the Nile, but in the eyes of many officials in Ethiopia, he was not a neutral person because of his ambiguous attitude towards the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and his relationship,” he added. With its head ».
Regarding the completion of the deal, Al-Ansi says: “Saleh visited Addis Ababa, and I think that he succeeded in persuading the Ethiopians to slow down the plans to build the dam until an agreement was reached, but events that took place after that reduced the contacts of the three leaders, and the opportunities to benefit from that momentum were missed. The Ethiopians in their project when they did not receive a compensation offer that would spare them the construction of the dam ».
In February 2014, Brigadier General Ayman Fahim Ahmed, an officer of the Republican Guard, said in his testimony before the Cairo Criminal Court, while it was examining the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, the former Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly, and 6 of his aides, in the case of “murder Demonstrators and financial corruption », Mubarak is strong in character and no one can pressure him to make his decisions.
He added that he had previously submitted a doctoral dissertation on the incoming water resources to Egypt, and on one occasion had discussed with Mubarak about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and Mubarak’s response to him was that building this dam would be on his body.
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